Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time to Green The Snowbirds


How is it possible that with so much discussion around climate change we continue to have carbon dioxide spewing celebrations endorsed by our local, provincial and federal governments?
The Victoria AirShow on September 21st, 2008 will feature the Canadian Snowbirds. Unfortunately Canada's favourite flyers have a host of dirty emission secrets.

Fuel statistics on the Snowbirds suggests that each plane burns an estimated 1000 liters of fuel per hour. If each liter produces 3.1kg of CO2 then each plane creates 3.1 tons of CO2 per hour. If there are 9 planes, each producing 3.1 tons of CO2 per hour, the result is an estimated 27.9 tons of CO2 in just one hour. These estimates do not include the Snowbirds' practice and travel time.

The Snowbirds have more than 65 scheduled appearances in 2008. If each performance is only one hour in duration (excluding practice and flying to and from the event), 65 performances at 27.9 tons of CO2 per hour = 1,813.5 tons of CO2 generated in 2008 alone. suggests the Snowbirds take the time to calculate their carbon footprint and post the information on their website. This will allow communities and individuals to make an informed decision about whether they want the Snowbirds to fly or not.

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